1993 Toyota JZX90 Tourer V
Toyota Motor Corporation had created a robust portfolio of performance vehicles in the early part of the 1990s. The legendary Supra was competing in the Japanese Grand Touring Championship and the Celica GT-4 was tearing up pavement and gravel across Europe in WRC. Drawing from its recent racing success, Toyota transplanted the heart of the Supra into a midsize sedan. The Mark II Tourer V's practical dimensions allows for four full size adults to fit comfortably, while secretly producing more power than most sports cars of the era.
Unlike many mainstream models of the time, Toyota ditched angular lines and deep creases in favor of a sleeker profile. The wrap around headlamps, thinly curved tails, and flowing roof line add a more modern aesthetic. Replacing the factory Pearl, this Super White paint gleams against the chrome Aristo rolling stock. Wheel gap has been reduced by a set of G Master Coilovers, which gives this four door improved handling and ride qualities. Without being too harsh, the platform does a great job of sorting out uneven pavement and other road imperfections. The drivetrain's super human grunt is convenient for hopping on a freeway, but the stock lines leave something to be desired. To give off a more aggressive vibe, a full Hippo Sleek kit has been fashioned, lowering the body lines further. The kit fits nicely but in order to accommodate the larger exhaust the rear valence did have to be trimmed.
The best part of owning a JZX90, such as this one, is knowing what lies below the hood. This 2.5 Liter 1JZ-GTE has an incredible amount of mid range power. Its silky smooth operation is nearly vibration free, and with only 93K verified miles, has plenty of life left in it. Although it has generous heaps of power in factory tune, the exhaust has been uncorked with a custom catback exhaust with dual blast pipes. Its hearty growl competes only with the whir of turbocharged air, courtesy of a Apex'i intake. To deal with the heat, a Evolve aluminum radiator with new coolant decreases water temps while a turbo timer helps cool the turbo after shutting it down. It's manual transmission (R154), a rare yet desirable option, shifts smoothly through all five gears. In the case you need to slow down, fresh front brakes have been installed by one of our trained technicians.
Inside the cockpit, a suite of gauges including boost and water temp surround the driver. As in most 90's cars, Toyota attention to build quality has remained in tact. The durable dash, door cards, and dark gray cloth seats are in good condition. A Bride adjustable drivers seat supports the driver nicely, and reclines for day to day comfort. With the exception of a small bolster tear and e-brake handle wear, it is devoid of other major wear. Other cabin upgrades include a sporty MOMO steering wheel, and shift knob. The electronics work well, as do the power windows and locks.
Perhaps the closest thing to a Supra sedan, this Tourer V is a do-it-all vehicle. It could as at home clipping an apex as it is taking a kid to school. Make this Japanese Classic your own with a turn-key ownership experience.
*California Residents: In order to register a Grey Market vehicle in the state of California then it will have to be made CARB complaint first. CARB certifications will have to be performed within the state. Depending on the vehicle and any existing modifications will affect the pricing. Typically CARB compliance will range between 5-10K. Additional information can be found on the California Air Resources Board website.